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Many Christians were tortured and killed at Unzen, a place of numerous burning hot springs
On the 100th anniversary of the canonization of the 26 martyrs, a church and a monument were built to commemorate them
Today, churches dedicated to the 26 martyrs can be found in several different countries. An event which faded from Japanese history became famous throughout the world.
In 1597, twenty six men and boys, including foreign missionaries, were crucified together on Nishizaka hill in Nagasaki. The youngest was only 12.
When Oura Cathedral was constructed, it sent the Hidden Christians a secret message…
Nakae no shima is a tiny, uninhabited island where Christians were once martyred. It came to acquire profound significance for local Hidden Christians, who crossed raging waves in order to collect the water which seeps out from its rocks.